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Armani Libri
Piazza Croce Rossa, Brera
Giorgio Armani is something of a fashion god in Milan—and everywhere around the world for that matter. And his presence is felt everywhere, especially at his headquarters. The complex includes Armani-branded everything (a hotel, a café, a florist, and curiously, a chocolate shop). There’s also an Armani bookstore, which carries a huge range of fashion, art, and design books, including limited editions and prints. It’s heaven for book lovers and anyone interested in beautiful objects.
Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7b, Brera
Even in the middle of the city, the Bulgari maintains a sense of peace and quiet, thanks to its location on a leafy, private street in the Brera District. The hotel is predictably slick (black marble and granite, floor-to-ceiling windows, and Italian furniture), and it’s a consistent favorite for people in town for Milan fashion week or the furniture fair Salone del Mobile. The building itself is a renovated eighteenth-century palazzo that gives a sense of history to counterbalance all the glossy modernity. And there are little nooks (in the garden, at the bar, in the library) that are cozy but appropriate for meetings or just getting some work done.
Mandarin Oriental
Via Andegari 9, Brera
Even if you aren’t staying at the new(ish) and gorgeous Mandarin Oriental, stop by for an aperitivo. You’ll probably be in the neighborhood at some point, since the hotel is around the corner from La Scala and a short walk from the Duomo. The courtyard setting is glamorous but relaxed, located in the center of a restored 18th-century palazzo. The spa is also worth a look—and a treatment since booking a treatment means access to the indoor swimming pool. Go for the Oriental body scrub, which uses oil infused with essences of tropical Ginger, frankincense, and mandarin.
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